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Seatbelt Use at Record High, Says NHTSA

Seatbelt use has steadily increased since 1994, the NHTSA reports, but continues to be higher in states with primary belt laws, which allow law enforcement officers to issue citations to motorists solely for not using a seatbelt rather than requiring additional traffic violations. In the United States, only New Hampshire has no law on the books regarding seatbelt use (although it does have a law that applies to all drivers and passengers under the age of 18 years). 32 states and the District of Columbia have passed primary laws requiring seatbelt use, while another 17 states have secondary laws. New Hampshire is the only state that has not enacted either a primary or secondary seatbelt law, though the state’s primary child passenger safety law applies to all drivers and passengers under the age of 18.

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